How to set the timezone for the Java environment
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Functionality within Atlassian applications may be reliant upon the timezone that is configured for the Java environment. The timezone value will be picked up by default from the operating system, however, it is possible to alter this default by passing an additional parameter to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
The timezone can be edited by changing the server clock on the server that is running JAVA or changing the properties as explained below.
The value of the timezone can be altered with the below JVM argument, which is set as per our Setting Properties and Options on Startup documentation. The example below shows how to set it for America/Chicago:
The List of TZ Database Time Zones documentation on Wikipedia contains further information on the different Timezones that can be set